THE Foster War Memorial Arts Centre will be a flurry of thespian activity this weekend as theatre companies from across Victoria come together to perform at the nineteenth one act play festival hosted by FAMDA.
A play festival is a friendly theatrical competition which gives locals a great oppportunty to experience a wide range of theatrical delights close to home.
Last year’s winning production was ‘Slut’ by Patricia Cornelius staged by Powderkeg Players, from Sunshine. The play’s drector, Natasha Boyd, also earned the best director trophy.
This year Natasha is returning to Foster in a different guise – now as the festival adjudicator.
Natasha’s prodigious talents as an actor, director, reviewer and adjudicator have been eagerly sought on the Melbourne community and indie theatre scenes.
Last year she directed ‘In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play’ for Brighton Theatre Company which won the Victorian Drama League award for Best Comedy and her production of ‘Barefoot in the Park’ won the same award back in 2014.
Natasha’s theatical expertise, and the enthusiasm and positivity she generates, will be a huge asset to the festival which is generously sponsored by the Toora & District Community Bank® Bank Branch and Foster Branch of Bendigo Bank.
The festival is split into four completely different sessions with at least three plays in each.
The Young Players Festival launches procedings at 10:00 on Saturday morning with performances by young actors from Koonwarra and Phillip Island schools.
Commencing at 2 o’clock on Saturday is an entire afternoon of comedy ranging from a newly written Gippsland play to a gem by the American playwright,Tennessee Williams.
The Saturday evening program begins at 7:30 with Edward Albee’s classic ‘The Zoo Story’.
Sunday gets underway at noon with a mix of comedy and drama beginning with a farce staged by MoArtz and including a new Edwin Coad play presented by FAMDA.
The complete festival play listing is included here and available on line at famda.org.au listing, by session, all the plays with their duration, genre and censorship classification.
Have a look at the play schedule. There may be a particular play, or group of plays, that appeals.
There is a choice of table or concert style seating at the venue.
Light lunch, morning and afternoon tea are available both days. Some may prefer to make up a party with friends and BYO food and drinks.
With a $25 festival pass people can come and go as much as they like.
The entry fee to see the Young Players Festival is just $5 for adults with free admission for children.
A single session in the main festival costs $10.
Festival passes and session tickets will be on sale at the door prior to each session or during the quarter hour gaps between plays.Locals and visitors are invited to make the most of the chance to experience some (or even all!) of the huge variety of plays coming to Foster on 24 and 25 August.